The Detroit Tigers are proud to give back to the men and women who serve our country and make sacrifices for our freedom and safety. Through a variety of programs, the Tigers hope to show their appreciation for our active and former military members for their service to our nation.
Active members and Veterans of the military are eligible to purchase half-price box office dynamically priced Upper Box Infield and Upper Reserved tickets to all 2016 Monday-Thursday regular season home games excluding August 18. Tickets must be purchased at the Comerica Park Box Office and a valid military ID or Veteran ID must be presented at time of purchase. Service members and Veterans may purchase a maximum of four (4) tickets per customer, per game. This offer is based on availability.
At all Saturday regular season home games, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander's personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. Veterans share 18 luxury suite tickets and parking passes in the Tigers Parking Garage. Ballpark catering is provided for the guests courtesy of Verlander. Veterans receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander and all guests receive a Verlander's Victory for Veterans t-shirt.
Continuing his tradition of supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, during the 2015 season, FOX Sports Detroit broadcaster Mario Impemba hosts the MVP (Military Veterans Program) -a salute to those who served. Through the program, Mario hosts Veterans at Monday home games at Comerica Park. A group of 30 Veterans and their guests receive a lower-bowl ticket to the Tigers game, an "MVP" t-shirt, a BBQ dinner at the FOX Sports Detroit Brushfire Grille and an autographed photo of Mario. In addition, the Veterans and guests arrive to the ballpark in style in the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express. The Detroit Tigers partnered with varying local charitable organizations who support Veterans and their families to participate in this program.
The Detroit Tigers in partnership with BELFOR Property Restoration commemorated the National Day of Service and Remembrance by honoring the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on 9-11 as well as local first responders who risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe.
The Tigers donated 1,600 complimentary tickets to local firefighters and police officers along with their families to attend the game when the Tigers took on the Tampa Bay Rays. Nearly 500 first responders were invited to be recognized on the field at Comerica Park, prior to the National Anthem, for their service to our local communities.
To celebrate the dedication and sacrifice of all branches of the military and their many veterans, the Detroit Tigers hosted Armed Forces and Veteran Recognition Day on July 4th at Comerica Park.
The Tigers donated 1,000 tickets to active service members and veterans, along with their families, to attend the game as the Tigers took on the Toronto Blue Jays. Service members and veterans were also invited to participate in an on-field pregame ceremony. The Tigers recognized the devotion and bravery every current service member carries out, while also remembering the duty served by the many veterans across our nation.
To honor the dedication of the men and women serving our country, on select home games, the Detroit Tigers invite a member of the Armed Forces currently serving a tour of duty or recently returned from deployment to deliver the game ball to the pitcher's mound. The service member will be announced to the crowd and welcomed as he/she walks the official game baseball from the sidelines to the pitcher's mound.
During WWII, around 20,000 African American recruits were trained at Montford Pointe Camp. Through their courageous acts of heroism, they proved that race, color, creed, and national origin did not determine what constituted a Marine and simultaneously helped put an end to discrimination throughout the Armed Forces.
The Detroit Tigers hosted local members of the Montford Pointe Marines, who recently received a Congressional Medal of Honor in Washington D.C. Additionally, the Veterans were recognized prior to the National Anthem. The Montford Pointe Marines also had the opportunity to meet Detroit Tigers Legend and hometown hero Willie Horton.
To show appreciation to the veterans of the United States Armed Forces, Tigers players visited patients at the Detroit VA Medical Center. Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson and catcher James McCann along with FOX Sports Detroit Broadcaster Mario Impemba visited with patients and participated in a Wii Baseball tournament with the Veterans. Each patient received Tigers gifts and a chance to get their gifts autographed by the players.